Melissa Cruz

Melissa Cruz is the Communications Associate at the American Immigration Council. She oversees media relations and content creation for ImmigrationImpact.com, the Council’s daily online publication. Previously, she worked as a political reporter for RealClearPolitics and Bustle, as well as a writer for the Human Rights Campaign. Melissa received her B.A. in English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Georgia State University.

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Businesses Want to Combat the “Trump Slump” and Get Tourists Traveling to America Again

Written by on January 29, 2018 in Business & the Workforce, Economics with 0 Comments
Businesses Want to Combat the “Trump Slump” and Get Tourists Traveling to America Again

The United States has always been a prime location for foreign tourists, historically maintaining its ranking as the world’s most visited country. But with more and more tourists opting to travel elsewhere within the last year, the United States’ tourism appeal is shrinking. This decline in tourism is largely thought to be the byproduct of […]

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What Salvadorans With Temporary Protected Status Should Know Now

What Salvadorans With Temporary Protected Status Should Know Now

Secretary of Homeland Security Kristjen Nielsen announced on Monday that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador would be terminated. The decision to terminate TPS for some 200,000 Salvadorans comes on the heels of months of advocacy, which focused on their decades-long lawful residency in the United States and El Salvador’s ongoing problems […]

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Faith and Community Leaders Urge Trump Administration to Extend Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador

Faith and Community Leaders Urge Trump Administration to Extend Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador

With just a matter of days left before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must decide the fate of 200,000 Salvadorans, momentum around this community of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders is only growing. As the majority of Salvadoran TPS recipients have lawfully lived and worked in the United States for nearly two decades, various […]

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Top Five Immigration Stories of 2017

Written by on December 22, 2017 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Top Five Immigration Stories of 2017

The 2017 news cycle was filled with devastating stories of family separation as the Trump Administration began to place its mark on American’s immigration policy. While the coverage of immigration has been broad, we consider these to be the top five stories of 2017.

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Where Doug Jones Stands on Immigration Policy

Where Doug Jones Stands on Immigration Policy

Doug Jones, a former Democratic prosecutor once considered a longshot in Republican-majority Alabama, narrowly won the state’s Senate race Tuesday evening in what may ultimately prove to be a needed boost for immigrants’ rights on Capitol Hill. Jones’ stance on immigration was largely captured during the contentious Senate race, in which he was repeatedly questioned […]

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The Dream Act Could Add Millions to Your Congressional District

The Dream Act Could Add Millions to Your Congressional District

Current and former recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative are asking Congress to recognize the impact they and other Dreamers have on the United States, and to subsequently pass legislation that protects them from deportation and places them on a path to citizenship. One of the clear benefits of providing young […]

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Dreamer Movement Gains Support as Deadline for a Legislative Solution Approaches

Written by on December 4, 2017 in Benefits & Relief, DACA/DAPA, Legislation with 0 Comments
Dreamer Movement Gains Support as Deadline for a Legislative Solution Approaches

A growing coalition is voicing its support for finding a permanent, legislative solution for the young immigrants thrown into limbo with the recent termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. With more and more Dreamers losing their status by the day, a groundswell of support is forming to create a fix by […]

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As Immigration Enforcement Ramps up, Neighbors Sign up to Defend Immigrants

Written by on November 28, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments
As Immigration Enforcement Ramps up, Neighbors Sign up to Defend Immigrants

In the face of heightened threats around immigration enforcement, communities are taking action to ensure due process for their undocumented community members. These rapid response efforts are being undertaken by a growing network of community members—from students to salesmen to social workers—who are volunteering to witness arrests conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. […]

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USCIS Will Now Consider the DACA Applications That Got Lost in the Mail

USCIS Will Now Consider the DACA Applications That Got Lost in the Mail

When a slowdown with the U.S. Postal Service caused over 100 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals renewal applications to arrive after the October 5 deadline, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services said there was nothing it could do—the rejection was final. But in a reversal announced on Wednesday night, USCIS will now allow applicants to […]

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USCIS Is Receiving a Record Number of Citizenship Applications

Written by on November 13, 2017 in Adjustment of Status with 2 Comments
USCIS Is Receiving a Record Number of Citizenship Applications

The average processing time for United States citizenship applications used to take five to seven months – already a lengthy timeline for immigrants waiting to get their citizenship vetted and approved. A spike in applications before and after the 2016 presidential election has caused that wait time to double. Yet, immigrants by and large are […]

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